Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler gained a national profile almost immediately into the 116th Congress positioning himself as a thorn in the side of President Donald Trump. Through his chairmanship of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, Nadler oversaw the House Impeachment Inquiry while also receiving the contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Perhaps his most famous legislation is H.Res.755, impeaching Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. In addition to sparring with the president, Nadler also served as the second House Impeachment Manager from the New York delegation.


In response to this project, Rep. Jerrold Nadler issued a statement. The following statements and assertions are those of a political candidate and/or congressional office. Any statistics, data, or other information contained therein has not been independently verified or checked for accuracy as part of this project:


“Despite the unprecedented conduct of this Administration to undermine the rule of law and trample on the constitutional and human rights of Americans, I have never stopped fighting to make our laws more equal and our society more just for everyone. I have proposed dozens of changes to our laws, working with the Judiciary Committee to pass more than 25 bills into law. I am proud of the work we have led to pass a law which ensured that the children born abroad to servicemembers and government employees working overseas would be citizens. In addition, I was pleased to shepherd legislation that permanently extended the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, and I have consistently advocated for New Yorkers during this COVID crisis – fighting for needed assistance and to keep it a center of diversity, creativity, and productivity. It is my hope that after November, we will find ready partners in a new President and a new Senate that is committed to these same priorities.”

What the rankings mean:

Number of bills sponsored:

This metric measures the number of unique bills put forward by a Representative or a Senator. A Resolution usually expresses an opinion or addresses procedure in the House or Senate and doesn’t go to the President. An Amendment is a change to the language of legislation. Everything has to be voted on.

Number of bills passed out of one chamber:

Getting a bill passed through a chamber is tough. In order to pass a bill out of a chamber, a member of Congress must build consensus among his or her colleagues.

Number of bills signed into law:

If a bill from an opposite party is signed into law by a President, the achievement is a significant victory for that Member of Congress if the bill is significant. Many non-controversial bills are signed into law as a matter of routine.

Percentage a member votes with his or her party:

Source: ProPublica. Procedural votes count toward this score and it isn’t entirely indicative of a member’s loyalty, or disloyalty, to the party.

Lugar Center Bipartisan Index Score:

The Bipartisan Index is a joint project of The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Scores above 1.0 are outstanding. Scores above .5 are very good. Scores below -.5 are poor. Scores below -1.0 are very poor.